not to rehash an old horse, but as i understand it, this is where we're at with the image thing:
1. no-one has shared a 2.x or 3.x image. they exist, according to those that own them. alternatively, an epod could be purchased with one from the manufacturer (group buy?).
2. i've not heard of anyone actually building their own image using the ms tools. some claim they were going to/will try.
3. if such an image were available as a .bin, it could be flashed to the epods, but this requires physical access to the flash memory.
maybe some kind soul will anonymously leave such an image on www.idrive.com ?? visit "epods" folders and write it to the epods directory. it will then provide it to anyone that wants it gratis.